Addiction 101


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Addiction 101

Understanding problematic substance use and other behaviours.


This one-day workshop is open to anyone who is interested in learning about problematic substance use and other behaviours.

Addiction 101 will help participants:

  • develop the knowledge and confidence to understand and recognise addiction and wellbeing challenges
  • explore their own values and attitudes
  • provide appropriate support for people experiencing and affected by problematic substance use, including substances such as synthetic cannabinoids and methamphetamine.

Our workshop

Addiction 101 covers the following learning objectives.

  • Explore the impact of attitudes, values and assumptions about people who use substances, or who gamble or game.
  • Introduce basic substance types and effects.
  • Introduce some theories about why people may use substances, gamble and/or game problematically.
  • Introduce signs that someone may be using specific substances, gaming or gambling problematically.
  • Introduce recovery processes, harm reduction, brief interventions and treatment options.
  • Explore how to approach and support someone experiencing addiction and wellbeing challenges.
  • Promote self-care and wellbeing strategies, including where and when to get help and support.

Quality learning

Blueprint for Learning is one of the largest training providers for the New Zealand mental health and addiction sector, dedicated to both workforce development and community training projects. It is an NZQA accredited Private Training Establishment, rated as the highest quality Category 1 provider.

All Blueprint for Learning training includes commitment to a philosophy of recovery and empowerment using best practice to help people become full and active members of their communities.


Participants will be required to complete a short interactive e-learning module prior to attending the workshop. This module is designed to help participants recognise a range of substance, gambling and other problematic behaviours, explore perception of harm associated with these behaviours and introduce the Te Whare Tapa Whā model of wellbeing.


Addiction 101 is co-facilitated by someone who has lived experience of problematic substance use and other behaviour, and someone who has clinical experience working in addiction services. This is a powerful way to explore stigma and discrimination. The discussion of recovery conveys to people that recovery is possible.

Anytime, anywhere, and any industry

Addiction 101 workshops take place across New Zealand. There is no cost to participants.  We accommodate up to 20 attendees in each one-day workshop, which runs from 9.00am – 4.30pm (with 30 minutes for lunch).

Participants receive a comprehensive workbook with course notes, additional information and a directory of resources for where to get assistance related to problematic substance use and other behaviours.

Workshops update

We are working towards delivering MH101® and Addiction 101 as a series of webinars. Further information and booking options will be available soon.